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LEVEL OF DESCRIPTION: Series
No.: GR0053.0001F
TITLE: Environment Council of Alberta records
CREATOR: Environment Council of Alberta
DATE RANGE: 1958-1994
EXTENT: 34.38 m of textual records. -- 119 audiotape reels.
ADMINISTRATIVE
HISTORY/BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Dates of Founding and/or Dissolution:
The Environment Council of Alberta was established as a Crown Corporation under the Environment Conservation Amendment Act, 1977 (S.A. 1977, chapter 66). As a result of the restructuring in 1994, the Environment Council of Alberta was phased out as an agency of the Department of Environmental Protection. The Environment Council Act was repealed by the Environmental Protection Statutes Repeal Act, 1995 (S.A. 1995, chapter 15), which came into force July 14, 1995.

Functional Responsibility:
At the time it was established, the Environment Conservation Authority was without precedent, either within or outside Alberta. In its initial incarnation through An Act respecting Environment Conservation, 1970 (S.A. 1970, chapter 36), the Environment Conservation Authority was responsible for conducting continual reviews of policies and programs of the Government and government agencies on matters pertaining to environment conservation, and for investigating into and reporting on matters pertaining to environment conservation at the request of the Lieutenant Governor. As well, they were able to inquire into issues relating to environment conservation, and to hold hearings to receive briefs and submissions about matters relating to environment conservation, making their recommendations to the Lieutenant Governor. The Authority became a corporation under the Department of the Environment Act, 1971 (S.A. 1971, chapter 24, section 18), reporting to the Minister of the Environment. The Authority's functions continued when the Environment Conservation Authority became the Environment Council of Alberta in 1977 through the Environment Conservation Amendment Act, which effectively renamed the Environment Conservation Act the Environment Council Act. The mandate remained virtually unchanged, the major change being with regards to the structure of the board, which was replaced with a permanent Chief Executive Officer and temporary panels.

Administrative Relationships:
Under the initial legislation, the Environment Conservation Authority was to report to the Lieutenant Governor. With the Environment Conservation Amendment Act, 1972 (S.A.1972, chapter 125), the Authority was instead to report to the Minister of the Environment. The Environment Council of Alberta continued to report to the Minister of the Environment.

Administrative Structure:
When first established, the Environment Conservation Authority consisted of three members, who were appointed by the Lieutenant Governor (S.A. 1970, chapter 36, section 4.1). One of these would be designated chairman by the Lieutenant Governor, and another vice-chairman. The Environment Conservation Amendment Act, 1972 (S.A. 1972, chapter 38) increased the number to four members. The Environment Conservation Amendment Act, 1977 replaced the four members with a single permanent Chief Executive Officer to be appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, and a succession of temporary panels for each public hearing.

Names of Corporate Bodies:
The Environment Council of Alberta was incorporated as a continuation of the Environment Conservation Authority. The Environment Conservation Authority was created under An Act respecting Environment Conservation, 1970 (S.A. 1970, chapter 36, section 4).

Names of Chief Officers:
W.R. Trost (chairman) 1970-1976
Julian Kinisky (acting chair) 1977
Margaret Noble (acting chair) 1977
Alistair D. Crerar (CEO) 1977-1988
Vacant 1989
Dr. Natalia Krawetz(CEO) 1989-1992
Vacant 1993
David Anderson (acting CEO) 1994-1995

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The series consists of the administrative and operation records of the Environment Council of Alberta.
RELATED RECORDS: Also see Dr. W.R. Trost's records series from 1973 to1984 (GR1996.561), Department of Environment fonds.
RELATED FONDS: GR0053 (The Department of Environment fonds)


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